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I love watching paranormal shows and movies, and will even confess to watching a few dismal ones in the past just BECAUSE it's paranormal. I first heard of this show a few months ago and decided to give it a shot. I do believe in spirits and I do believe there are people in this world with special gifts that Amy appears to have. First, the retired detective is such a cliché, that it's hard to watch him at times. When he interviews clients, he makes these facial expressions constantly that clearly are meant to indicate interest and awe, and also to show the viewer that they are saying something here that you should be interested and awed by also. Second, I would never assume that someone who says they are psychic, is not psychic. That is irrelevant and my rating has nothing do with her abilities. Amy Allan however, is very strange in her reactions to a "haunted" location. She makes weird faces, and noises, and stutters as though she can't describe what she's trying to say. It is just so bizarre to watch. There have also been inconsistencies with the show, namely her telling a child in one episode that she was obsessed with Lizzie Borden at one time, and then a few episodes later, they went to the Lizzie Borden house, and she made out like she had no idea where she was, or knew anything about the house. The last thing is the fact that we have to just trust they don't relay any information to each other about a case, since that is supposed to be one of the most interesting/compelling things about the show I guess.
I watch all these paranormal shows but I think this is probably the
worst I've seen.
Amy Allan walks around a location she knows "nothing" about making faces that have an animatronics look about them. Then she reveals some uncannily accurate information. Notably more accurate information than psychics ever give outside of this format, which has been used on shows like haunted homes etc. She's joined by a retired detective who does a great "I'm surprised at that!" face.
The first thing I find unconvincing about her is the way she'll tell you there's a dead person stood right in front of her but she barely gives it a second glance. If you really could see dead people wouldn't you be slightly more interested in looking at that than the camera?
Then there's the Lizzie Borden house. She tells a little girl in a previous episode that she was obsessed with that house as a child yet, the very next episode claims to have no idea where she is. Did she get there by rendition or what? That bears some explaining I think.
I gave up watching this one. I like ghost hunting shows but this just seems very phoney to me. Also, just as an aside I looked into the helicopter crash she described. The victim wasn't spinning around as she suggests, it clipped a hill and exploded instantly. The sensation of spinning around is just the kind of thing a bogus psychic would slip in because it sounds fitting.
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Let's have some context first: this is reality television. Anyone with
an ounce of brain matter to rattle around has already figured out that
reality television is orchestrated for the most part. How else could
they create and market a show that doesn't totally lose focus or the
original point of being broadcast on TV?
The reviewers complaining about fakery puzzle me. I'm not sure what they're expecting when they turn on a show like this. First, there is no method that can accurately and rationally prove the existence of the paranormal (ghosts, demons, etc). Second, the whole point of these kind of shows is to suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy the show. Third, if you don't like mediums, psychic stuff or ghost stories; by all means skip it already. Save yourself - and us - the headache of getting upset over it. This is television, it's not meant to give you the secrets of life after death.
What I like about this show, is that Steve and Amy create an entirely new dynamic in the genre of paranormal investigation. I have watched MTV's Fear, Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State and Psychic Kids. I have yet to see any of those shows feature a skeptical point of view longer than five minutes, let alone in every episode. So it's nice to see a character that is rooted in pure evidence. It's not unheard of for police to ask help from psychics to crack cases; so it's possible that Steve as a former homicide detective has experience dealing with mediums in the past.
Now Amy is another matter. Her behavior can get odd, which might confuse people or turn people off entirely. IMO it makes her look more genuine as several times she appears downright embarrassed to talk about the things she experiences. I have no reason to believe that she is deliberately misleading the audience or "faking" whatever it is that she's doing.
Just for the record - I don't believe in anything. I'm an agnostic, and reject any form of absolutism. Whether or not she can talk to ghosts isn't what concerns me; it's the fact that there's a lot we don't know about the human brain or the nature of consciousness to assume our perception is limited to our current time/space continuum. The US government wouldn't have sunk so much funding into remote viewing if they didn't think it had some practical application.
I'm going to give this an 8 out of ten. Good visuals, good sound effects, good music, and two excellent leads whom are competent in their field make this show worth watching. I would rather watch this than watch Snooki get DTF any day of the week.
One of our favorite shows, and looking forward to next season! All people involved are very professional and it is an absolute joy to finally see a show that involves a psychic communicator that is real! Amy is amazing and her teamwork with Steve is so much fun to watch unfold. I really cannot understand some of the other reviews, other than they are nonbelievers in something beyond this life. Thank you Amy and Steve for your hard work and ability to help others in their quest to find answers! There are those of us that appreciate what you do. We even watch the re-runs, just in case we missed some fine details. We absolutely cannot wait for next season!!
The discussion about this show seems to turn on whether it's "real" or
not. I propose that it doesn't really matter. If you think it's fake,
pretend that the legal disclaimer at the beginning says that the show
is fictional, and enjoy a reality-TV-style drama about a medium and a
cop who work together. Personally I think it's (mostly) real, but
I find this show absolutely titillating because of the excellent storytelling. Most reality TV is carefully edited to make conversations flow just a little better (without necessarily changing their meanings), and they do it quite deftly here, interweaving the two story lines (that is, Steve and Amy) in a way that delights my brain when I want instant gratification. The (writers? producers?) throw down all the pieces of the puzzle in perfect order without quite connecting them; they let your imagination fill in the final, tiny gaps with the kind of lurid details that everyone's thinking but no one can say for sure. Steve gets what essentially amounts to the town gossip on the subject, and Amy embroiders them with colourful, often illuminating, and just a little bit graphic details.
Don't worry about reality. Take the homeowner's story at face value and enjoy the mystery's shocking solution!
If i could vote 100 stars I totally would! :) This is my favorite Ghost show on TV! It might even be my favorite show on TV now in general. I always watch it with my family every Friday night! :) I really hope to see it back for season two and many more! Everyone involved with this show does an excellent job (What is a better word for excellent?) Amy and Steve find such amazing results in their investigation! So happy to see a show with real paranormal evidence, And proof! I Just cant wait to see the next season of this wonderful show! I'm entertained with the reruns of the show too, and I typically hate watching something twice, but The Dead Files is the only exception! :D
I've watched Amy Allan for years on The Discovery Channel in "A Haunting". She has been working with local authorities for years as well, helping solve cold cases. They wouldn't gave given her this show if she wasn't legit. As someone who also has "sensitivities" but not anything nearly like Amy, I can see right through "fake" very easily. I was shocked at the reviews because I know dozens of people, friends, and other acquaintances who also watch and love the show. Many of us have been able to "see" people who have passed or are deceased, or just sensed their presences since we were very young. For those who have never experienced anything paranormal or don't believe it is easy to dismiss it.
My wife and I watch a lot of paranormal TV Shows and we have agreed
that to watch these shows you have to just take it at face value that
the producers are being honest with the viewers; if you don't do this
simple thing, why waste your time watching to begin with? We have
watched 2 episodes now and we have both gone from quite a bit of
disbelief and skeptisism about what is being presented to absolute
amazement at what is happening. Taking these types of shows at face
value, not believing that we are being misled or lied to, results in an
experience that is profound and honestly, somewhat uncomfortable.
No, there aren't any silicon or steroidally enhanced hotties for the hormonal crowd but we believe this gives it even more credence. They are not trying to distract you with beautiful people instead hoping to open your mind with the amazing things that are a part of every episode.
Open your minds and give it a try, I believe you won't be disappointed.
I tend to believe what psychics say in shows about spirits haunting
places more than what so-called scientific evidence investigation shows
come up with. The Dead Files has given me a real sense what a creepy
haunting is like. Better than trying to make us believe in the
equipment used on ghost investigation shows... the ultimate bogus
device being The Ovilus. A prime example of a show with purely
manipulated "evidence" and video edit faking is what you see on Ghost
Adventures. It's in the same class as Most Haunted out of the UK.
As far as shows featuring psychic work, The Dead Files is better than average and has a more authentic feel than the above-mentioned physical evidence shows.
I have only seen it twice, but am catching up as quickly as possible. I do believe that they (Amy and DiShiavle - spelling is definitely questionable) do NOT compare notes and I have been impressed by how much she comes up with, that he ends up proving by obituaries, newspaper articles, deeds and title transfers etc. I am sure that there are many nay-sayers but then they are also inclined to say that no, nothing outside ourselves exist. Makes you wonder what they think of a higher power, whether you call that entity God or not. Anyway, while limiting my approval based on future episodes, right now, I am a believer and will continue to watch.
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